Information note for NGOs on the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee

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Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 5/1 (paragraph 65), the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee) functions as a think-tank for the Human Rights Council (HRC), focusing mainly on studies and research-based advice in a manner and form requested by the HRC, and shall convene up to two sessions for a maximum of 10 working days per year (paragraph 79).

At its thirteenth session in August 2014, the Advisory Committee decided to hold private meeting in the framework of each of its session with Non-governmental organizations and civil society representatives.

Access to relevant information on the Web

All relevant documentation is accessible from the OHCHR website, dedicated to the sessions of the Advisory Committee, which will be updated with relevant information as it becomes available.

Accreditation and assistance for requesting travel visas

Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 5/1, the participation of NGOs in the Advisory Committee shall be based on the arrangements and practices observed by the Commission on Human Rights, including Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31 of 25 July 1996 (paragraph 83).

In view of the current restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, whereby public meetings of more than 5 participants are prohibited in Switzerland, the 25th session will be held virtually on the online platform KUDO. Secretariat will communicate more technical details on how to access the online platform to those NGOs accredited to the session.

Accreditation to the session is required through INDICO. NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC wishing to participate in the session remotely, are requested to register their participation with the secretariat of the Advisory Committee through the following INDICO registration page: https://indico.un.org/event/20239

Requests for inscription on the list of speakers should also be made online on INDICO. The online inscription for the lists of speakers will close on Monday 8 February 2021 at 6 p.m. Geneva time. Please note that this requirement also applies to those participating through video-messages.

NGO written statements

NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC may submit written statements relevant to the work of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee (in accordance with paragraphs 36 and 37 of ECOSOC resolution 1996/31) ahead of the relevant session.

NGOs wishing to submit written statements must send their written statement by email to hrcngo@ohchr.org clearly marking in the subject line, and at least two weeks prior to the start of a session.

Kindly submit your written statement in MS WORD DOCUMENT FORMAT (Font Times New Roman 10; no bold; no underline; no italics).

The Secretariat of the Advisory Committee wishes to draw the attention of NGOs to ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which authorizes written statements of: a) 2,000 words for NGOs in general consultative status; and b) 1,500 words for NGOs in special consultative status and on the roster.

Written contributions from NGOs may be submitted to this session, in accordance with the Secretariat guidelines for the submission of NGO written statements to the HRC sessions, accessible at the following link: submission form.

Oral statements

Accredited NGOs may make oral statements under substantive items of the agenda. Requests for inscription on the list of speakers should be made online on INDICO at: https://indico.un.org/event/20239. The online inscription for the lists of speakers will close on Monday 8 February 2021 at 6 p.m. Geneva time. Please note that this requirement also applies to those participating through video-messages.

Parallel meetings organized by NGOs

In view of the current restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, no parallel event may be organized by NGOs during the 25th session.

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